I want to move to the green mountains
I just moved to deep south NJ from northwest philadelphia. I used to fish Valley Creek a lot and the Wissihickon in the spring as well as the usual suspects in northwest jersey when I had the time and gas money. I seen the Ray Nierle chapter fixed up masons run and I was so impressed I just joined TU. I really would like to learn more about conservation and am looking forward to their general membership meeting at the end of the month. I have fished the inlets around here near ocean city /strathmere and tried to fish for stocked trout in some ponds and the Maurice river. I explored the maurice quite a bit but like the ponds it seemed pretty impaired. Most fisherman down here love to throw their garbage all over the place and in the 80's on the blackwater branch their was an arsenic factory the army core of engineers spent years of cleaning up the soil and polluted water. The Maurice reminds me very much of the Toms River aside from the water is even darker and their is no trails to access it aside from road crossings which get hammered by powerbait pros. I noticed it is very difficult to wade up and downstream because of the deep deep muck which builds up on the sides of the streams from decaying matter. It is easier to wade in chest high water in the center channel. Is this how the stream should be naturally? with three foot of mud on the banks, and then gravel in the center channel? it would be cool if they made more trails up and downstream of the river, there isn't many places for my family to hike around, I kind of miss taking them to wissihickon gorge in the spring. Just curious if this river is on TU's radar. It seems so many ponds lakes and creeks down here are so impaired by overconstruction and overfarming. It can be a bit depressing trying to find clean water to fish after work. I was reading a book from 1903 about fishing in New Jersey and it meantioned scotlands run as a trout destination (which used to be the upper maurice river before it was dammed into about 7 lakes. It seems the rockaway river shared the same unfortunate fate, being dammed up so people could have lakefront property. Same with medford lakes , that whole area used to be rich with brook trout only 30 years ago until overconstruction dried up all the little creeks. Anyways, moving down here has really pushed me to get into conservation, as well as persuade my father who lives near the big flatbrook to join up there too(fred burroughs is the closest to branchville right?) . I work all over the state of NJ all day repairing solar energy projects, is it possible to visit other chapters in the state to help out in different areas? thanks.